Can you guess this part of the world? No?! Hunza Valley, Pakistan..! Hunza, the real life green paradise on earth, is probably Pakistan’s most toured valley. It is a fairy tale land surrounded by beautifully rugged & snow capped mountains, high peaks, fresh water lakes, lush green meadows. Tourists have popularly named Hunza “The Shangri-la of James Hilton’s novel The Lost Horizon.” It is considered as the most Photogenic point in the world.
Situated at an elevation of 2,438 meters, Hunza’s tourist season is from May to October, you can find friendly hospitable people greeting you all around the year. The local dialect is Shina. Urdu and English are also spoken and understood. A wide variety of fruits are grown here; apricots, apples, cherries, almonds, walnut, mulberry etc. One of the main activities of the locals is cultivation of abricots; their ladies then dry these abricots in the sun by spreading them on their roofs.
Hunza offers numerous tours and activities to its visitors:
Sunrise Safari – Drive early morning by jeep to Duikar (10000 ft). Watch the snow capped mountains as sun lits all the snow capped peaks one by one. View is breath-taking!
Few steps to China – Drive early morning to Khunjerab Pass, enjoy the stunningly amazing landscape in front of your eyes. Have some snack and walk a few steps in China. Return to Hunza late Afternoon.
Heaven on Earth – Drive up to Passu to experience the majestic views of the Karakorum. Walk in the Gulmit village and hike to Passu glacier. Scenery is beyond description. Seriously!
Don’t forget to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the magnificent Rakaposhi (7,788m) and to take portions of dried abricots back home!